Week of February 11, 2002


Hanlon ranked ninth out of over 1,000 interns nationwide

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 1, 2002 Josh Hanlon, a student at Southeast Missouri State University, was recently honored among the nation's top interns of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.

Josh is the son of Bill and Becky Hanlon of Chaffee, Mo. He is a senior marketing major at Southeast and is planning to graduate in December.

Hanlon works with clients to sell life insurance, disability insurance and long-term care insurance. Since he began his internship with Northwestern Mutual in June, Hanlon has sold 34 insurance policies. He was honored recently at the annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wis. last summer and he attended the Top Producers meeting in Innsbrook, Mo., in October. In November he was pictured in a full-page Northwestern Mutual promotion in USA Today along with 38 other interns who successfully sold 15 insurance policies during their summer internship. At the end of the year, he was ranked ninth among more than 1,000 interns working with Northwestern Mutual in 2001.

Northwestern Mutual currently employs over 1,000 interns. Their sales internship program is ranked among the top 10 in the nation along with organizations like CNN, Hewlett-Packard and the Supreme Court of the United States. Hanlon chose this internship opportunity because of his interest in insurance sales.

"As soon as I turned 16 and started watching my parents pay the car insurance bill, it became an interest," Hanlon said. "I think that anyone who has a knack for selling or any curiosity in insurance can really work at it, go through this training program and succeed. It helps to have a successful product that people need."

Hanlon attributes his success to the leadership of Northwestern Mutual college unit directors Ron and Brandon Hahs, who have helped him with all of his questions and concerns since he began his internship. His on-campus influences include Dr. Keith Russell, professor of accounting, finance and business law; Dr. Jack Sterrett, professor of marketing; and Dr. James Ricks, professor of marketing. His work with these professors has helped him develop his sales skills and prepare for his professional career, he said.

"I've learned that consistency will pay off in the end. At the beginning, my work was slow, but I kept calling clients and scheduling meetings, and the work paid off in the end," said Hanlon. "I learn more every day. I don't think a week has gone by that I didn't learn something new."

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 8, 2002 Southeast Missouri State University's educational administration program has received national recognition from the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

The educational administration program at Southeast is located within the Department of Educational Administration and Counseling. The program prepares individuals to be principals, superintendents and other central school district office positions.

Southeast's program is the only one of 14 educational administration programs throughout the state of Missouri to meet or exceed ELCC standards and receive national recognition. Currently, six have applied for recognition from ELCC, including the University of Missouri at Columbia and St. Louis.

"Southeast's educational administration program is the only program in the state of Missouri with this level of recognition at this time," said Dr. I. Sue Shepard, chair of Southeast's Department of Educational Administration and Counseling. "I am extremely proud of the work done by the educational administration faculty as this has taken effort and dedication to receive this recognition. This recognition assures our students are receiving the best education available in our program."

In 1996, the ELCC developed national standards for preparation programs for school administrators. As a part of the national accreditation review of the College of Education, the faculty in the educational administration program at Southeast reviewed the University's educational administration program and made revisions to meet ELCC's very high standards.

The ELCC consists of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 8, 2002 -- Prospective students and their parents are invited to "Show Me Day" Feb. 23 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Show Me Day," scheduled for noon at the Show Me Center, is an opportunity for all individuals interested in attending college to take a closer look at Southeast and check out the numerous options Southeast provides," said Southeast Admissions Counselor Christy Mershon.

The day's events will begin with a "College Fair" in which students may browse through informational displays of the University's various academic departments. Professors from each department will be there to answer questions. Students also will be able to get information about the Southeast experience, information ranging from academic and career choice options to financial aid, residential life and student activities.

Following the "College Fair" portion of the day, students and parents will hear a brief presentation from Southeast Director of Admissions Debbie Below, as well as a presentation by Luke Dalton, Southeast Student Government president.

Students and their parents then will break up into small groups to tour the campus. Marshon said that both bus and walking tours will be offered as well as students having the opportunity to view a Southeast residence facility. Following the campus tours, a financial aid and Residence Life presentation will be given. The "Show Me Day" will conclude in the evening with a light reception in Robert A. Dempster Hall.

If you are interested in registering for Show Me Day, call the Admissions Office at (573) 651-2590.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 6, 2002 The Southeast Missouri School Band Association will hold a concert and instrumental clinics for students from the region on Saturday, Feb. 9 on the Southeast Missouri State University campus.

"This will be a very rewarding experience for young people who have the opportunity to come to campus to hear performances on the instruments they play and to participate in clinics performed by University faculty and students," said Dr. Robert Gifford, coordinator of winds and percussion and professor of music at Southeast.

The concert will begin at 9 a.m. in Academic Auditorium and will feature a trumpet trio, trombone quartet, flute trio, clarinet trio, brass quintet, clarinet solo, vibraphone solo, saxophone quartet, flute choir, and a snare drum solo.

Woodwind clinics will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the University Center for flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon players. Brass and percussion clinics for trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and percussion players will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in Brandt Music Hall.

Clinics will be divided into beginning (grades five and six), intermediate (grades seven through nine), and advanced (grades 10 through 12) categories.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 8, 2002 Michael Dean, assistant professor of clarinet at Southeast Missouri State University, and Carol Ann Modesitt, associate professor of voice at Southern Utah University, will present a concert Feb. 17 in part of a six-state tour that will culminate in a recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

On Feb. 17, the duo will perform at Old St. Vincent's Church in Cape Girardeau at 3 p.m. Barbara Riske, pianist for "The Nevada Ballet Theatre" and professor at University of Nevada in Las Vegas, will accompany the duo. A varied program of music from standard classical contemporary compositions to American song and spirituals will be performed.

Dean will perform cutting edge pieces, such as "Half Moon at Checkerboard Mesa" by Phillip Bimstein, a former MTV rocker and Utah-based composer, and "Desertscape" by Keith Bradshaw, an award-winning composer. Modesitt will sing pieces a bit more traditional by composers Francis Poulenc, Claude Debussy, and Gioachino Rossini. A new work by contemporary composer Jeffrey Hoover entitled "Soul and Fire" will premiere at the concert.

"Since I am on a sabbatical this semester, I am looking forward to concentrating only on singing," said Modesitt. "It's difficult for singers because we have to use our instruments all of the time. We never have the luxury of putting our instruments in a case. We are the case."

"We are looking forward to performing a varied program," said Dean. "We have been planning this series of concerts for almost two years."

"I think we have a program which will appeal to anyone who loves music," adds Modesitt.

In addition to the performance in Cape Girardeau, Dean and Modesitt's tour will take them to Nevada, Utah, Illinois, New Jersey and New York.

For more information, contact Beverly Delph at (573) 651-2141.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 8, 2002 The fifth annual Martin Luther King Read-A-Thon will be held Feb. 18 thru March 8. Southeast Missouri State University students and volunteers will present multi-cultural readings and activities to children in pre-kindergarten to fourth grade.

Schools participating include the Cape Public Elementary Schools--Alma Schrader, Blanchard, Clippard, Franklin and Jefferson--as well as, Cape Head Start. Children in the schools will learn about Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln and other multi-cultural historians.

Southeast organizations that have volunteered for the Martin Luther King Read-A-Thon include Phi Kappa Phi and the National Student Speech and Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). Volunteers have over 150 books to choose from for the read-a-thon.

"From my experience over the last five years, it is amazing to see the impression the read-a-thon has on these children, but it is even more amazing to see the difference it makes in the volunteers," said Joyce Renaud of the Department of Communication Disorders.

The Martin Luther King Read-A-Thon is funded by an experimental learning grant. Renaud and Dr. Gloysis Mayers of the Department of Human Environmental Studies wrote the grant five years ago.

For more information, contact Renaud at (573) 651-2499.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 8, 2002 The Southeast Missouri State University Theatre will present "A Piece of My Heart" opening Feb. 19 in Forrest H. Rose Theatre.

"A Piece of My Heart" is a powerful drama of six women--five nurses and a country western singer--who went to Vietnam. The play portrays each young woman before, during and after her tour in the war-torn jungle and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington D.C.

Dr. Sharon Bebout-Carr, associate professor of speech communication and theatre at Southeast, will direct the drama, written by Shirley Lauro. Performances will be held in the Forrest H. Rose Theatre on the campus of Southeast from Feb. 19-23 at 8 p.m. and on Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. Due to language and content, the play is recommended for mature audiences.

For ticket prices and availability, call the Rose Theatre Box office at (573) 651-2265.

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